TEXARKANA — Bowie County says they are in the process of becoming a certified ACT Work Ready Community.
Nearby Miller County across the state line began the process earlier in 2021, and Bowie County is now attempting to work with the Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce to help the Texarkana area’s workforce.
“Bowie County is excited to work with the Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and Miller County to become a certified ACT® Work Ready Community,” said Bowie County Judge Bobby Howell. “This is a regional effort to develop a talent pipeline for our employers, and Bowie County is excited to support this initiative. The ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate is the basis for industry-driven efforts that link education, workforce, and economic development.”
Robbin Bass, the business retention and expansion director for Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce, says that the Act Work Ready Communities initiative helps regions evaluate where they can get stronger as a workforce.
“The ACT Work Ready Communities initiative empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth by identifying skills gaps and quantifying the skill level of their workforce,” Bass said. “Participants leverage the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® to measure and close skills gaps and build common frameworks that link, align, and match their workforce development efforts.”
President and CEO of AR-TEX REDI Rob Stitterly was pleased to see Bowie County get onboard.
Said Stitterly: “Congratulations to Bowie County for joining this initiative, and a growing list of counties in Arkansas and Texas dedicated to building a strong and resilient workforce. The determination of Miller and Bowie Counties and the Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce leadership to engage in this process demonstrates active partnerships between all stakeholders in the community. This initiative will move our region forward and provide both Miller and Bowie Counties with an economic development advantage, helping them stand out nationally for their workforce development efforts.”
For more information visit www.workreadycommunities.org.